So guys, what is this?

Discussion in 'Alienware 18 and M18x' started by Animosis, Aug 24, 2013.

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  1. Animosis

    Animosis Notebook Enthusiast

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    I was outside mowing the lawn today and when I came back I saw this on my screen. I've never seen it before and there's no event log error.
     

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    Is it still like this or was it just an isolated event and now it's not doing it? Causes could be several, starting from the SLI/xfire cable that needs to be re-seated. First things to check are if various connectors are plugged correctly. Sometimes, moving the computer around makes cables that weren't well-inserted not creating perfect contact and you experience these kind of things. Checking the SLI cable is not that hard--just a few screws away. Have you done that before?
     
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    Yeah, Im thinking a cable is loose.
     
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    Scanner Notebook Deity

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    Last time I saw something like that my video card wa on its last legs, and it was time to get a new lappy. Good luck.
     
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    Mr. Fox Undefiled BGA-Hating Elitist

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    Getting a new laptop wouldn't be required in this case. It's probably just a loose bridge cable or LDVS cable. In the worse case scenario, a GPU has expired.
     
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    vs3074 Notebook Evangelist

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    Saw a m15x do this, in the end, it was LCD cable that loose.
     
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    Glad you got it sorted out.
     
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    Animosis Notebook Enthusiast

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    Indeed, it looks to be a one-time thing. At least I'm hoping so, since the system isn't even a year old yet. If it happens again, I'll make sure to secure the SLI and LCD cables. Thanks for the advice guys!
     
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    Could be cable creep caused by thermal expansion/contraction making a contact go loose, if it starts happening again then try reseating everything.
     
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    Remember you can also run the PSA or the ePSA, depending on what model you have, to run the full hardware test.
     
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